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Fourth Complete Bible in Greek:
[BIBLE IN GREEK] Της θειας Γραφης, παλαιας δηλαδη και νεας Διαθηκης, ̔απαντα / Divinae Scripturae, Veteris ac Novi Testamenti, omnia innumeris locis nunc demum, & optimorum librorum collatione, & doctorum virorum opera, multo quàm unquam antea emendatiora, in lucem edita. Basileae: Per Ioan. Hervagium, 1545.
Fourth Edition of the Complete Bible in Greek. Basel: John Hervagius, 1545.
Copy at hand is textually complete, lacking the Melanchthon preface as is most often the case. (That work was prohibited by the Holy See and ordered to be removed from the book.)
Folio. 969, . Signature collation: * 1-4 (here lacking 2-4), a-z, A-Z, Aa-Ss in 6s, Tt 1-4, Vu-Zz, AA-MM in 6s, NN 1-4 (Tt4 blank). - The text is mainly printed in a single column, but in 2 columns p. 349 -376, 395-446, 662-670, and the index [1-7, back matter].
Binding: 16th-century calf over wood boards, covers elaborately tooled to produce an interesting embossed binding of concentric panels: Used are a single fillet (repeatedly, usually in triplets) and a roll featuring urns, flowers, and putti. Rebacked and edges and corners renewed, with remains of brass clasps. Endpaper reattached.
There are a very few instances of old marginalia.
Overall a superb copy of a very important book. Luxuriously well margined. Wonderfully clean and fresh.
Provenance: Late-17th- / early-18th-century ownership signature of "Pet. Wedderburn; 18th-century bookplate of Lord Eliock; later penciled signature of one "J.T. Coleridge" (Justice John Coleridge) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Taylor_Coleridge ]
At back, "Ex dono D. Al: Brown, M.D." and another ownership inscription entirely in Greek.
Darlow & Moule 4614; Dibdin (4th ed.), An Introduction to...Greek and Latin Classics, 86; Rumball-Petre, Rare Bibles, 224; VD16 B2576; Adams B978.
Rare: an incomplete census on OCLC records copies at: British Library: King Library at Oxford: Berkeley: BYU: University of Wisconsin at Madison: United Library in Evanston, IL: and Pitts Theological Library in Atlanta. Complete census not known.
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Item # ER1545
Appraisal Value: $30,000
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